Ferrari FF: official details, photos and specs

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 21, 2011

Ferrari unveiled today the new FF a.k.a. its most powerful four-seater ever, as well as its first ever four-wheel drive car. FF comes from Ferrari Four (four seats and four-wheel drive) and as expected, the impressive design was made by Pininfarina. The new FF features company’s first ever four-wheel drive system dubbed 4RM (four-wheel drive), which weighs 50 per cent less than a conventional four-wheel drive system, maintaining perfect weight distribution (53 per cent over the rear axle).

The new vehicle is also equipped with the latest magnetorheological damping system (SCM3) but also with the most recent development in carbon-ceramic brakes from Brembo.

Under the hood, we find an impressive 6,262 cc direct injection engine which develops 660 hp @ 8,000 rpm and 683 Nm of torque. Mated to a dual-clutch F1 gearbox,, the car can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.7 seconds and has a top speed of 335 km/h or 208 mph.

Ferrari FF promises to deliver a fuel consumption of 15,4 l/100 km and 360 g/km of CO2 emissions. The new model’s class-leading weight-to-power ratio is 2.7 kg/hp. As expected, the car can accommodate four people and their luggage, offering a boot capacity of 450 litres extendable to 800. The official debut of the car will be made in March, at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

The transaxle architecture of the Ferrari FF that positions the engine mid-front while placing the gearbox above the rear axle as well as the placement of 53% of its weight to the back ensures that this car will provide exceptional sporty driving. Further, extra attention was given to ensure that the weight of the car was lessened with the use of new castings for the engine and a bodyshell composed of aluminum alloys as well as a new production process.

The weight of other components has also been decreased. For the interior part, the seats have been optimized with the usage of high-tech materials like magnesium. The third generation Brembo brakes are also made lighter by having carbon-ceramic parts and since wear become negligible when the car is on the road, this makes it long-lasting. All of these combined result in a 2.7 kg/CV weight-power ratio which is now the new standard for this particular type of car.

The lines of the Ferrari were styled by Pininfarina which truly reflects the brand’s signature of ensuring a balance between versatility and sportiness. The spacious cabin and bodyhugging seats can comfortably and easily accommodate 4 people. It has a 450-liter boot that can be increased to 800 liters, provided the back seats are folded down. The end result is that the Ferrari FF is able to give more luggage space compared to other four-door saloons in the market and even in its category.

Everything inside the Ferrari FF has been tailor-made to fit the preferences of the driver with six different colors. It also comes with the best in Frau aniline leathers that have been treated to heighten the natural softness. Other features of the Ferrari FF that can increase enjoyment for both the passengers and driver include a rear-seat infotainment system that has two screens in order to watch TV and DVD, and a 1,280 and 16-channel Dolby Surround Sound stereo system.

Press Release

Ferrari FF

The 81st Geneva International Motor Show played host to the unveiling of two major new Prancing Horse innovations: the revolutionary Ferrari FF, a four-wheel drive four-seater with a mid-front V12 that is the most powerful and versatile car Ferrari has ever built, and the 458 Italia sporting the HELE (High Emotions Low Emissions) System which cuts CO2 to just 275 g/km.

The Ferrari FF makes its eagerly-waited debut at Geneva after the huge build-up of expectation and interest created by the client premiere at Maranello broadcast online by www.ferrari.com.

The revolutionary Ferrari FF offers a completely new take on the sporting Grand Tourer theme. It is not only the first Ferrari with four-wheel drive, but, more significantly, a model that hails a major break with the past, effortlessly melding extreme sports car performance with the versatility and usability of a genuine GT and boasting an extremely innovative design.

Every single area of the Ferrari FF brims with innovation, not least its engine, the first GDI V12 to be coupled with the seven-speed F1 dual-clutch gearbox. The V12 unleashes a massive 660 CV at 8,000 rpm, and maximum torque of 683 Nm at 6,000 rpm with 500 Nm already available at just 1,000 rpm. This ensures the performance figures of an extreme sports car, with the 0-100 km/h sprint covered in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 335 km/h. Efficiency has been significantly boosted too, with fuel consumption now standing at just 15.4 litres per 100 km, and CO2 emissions at 360 g/km, a 25 per cent reduction compared to the previous V12s, thanks in part to the HELE (High Emotions- Low Emissions) System which incorporates Stop&Start technology.

Uniquely, the Ferrari FF also guarantees this exceptional performance on terrain with very low grip coefficients, thanks to Ferrari's own patented 4RM four-wheel drive system. Torque is still delivered by the rear wheels, but the PTU (Power Transfer Unit) ensures that as much as is required is also transferred to the front wheels when necessary on low grip surfaces. The Ferrari FF intelligently distributes torque to each of the four wheels individually, thanks to the fact that all of the dynamic vehicle controls (E-Diff, F1-Trac and PTU) have been integrated into a single CPU.

Exceptional sporty driving is guaranteed by the Ferrari FF's transaxle architecture (mid-front engine with gearbox over the rear axle) and the positioning of 53% of weight to the rear of the car. Meticulous attention has been taken in lightening the engine (new castings), bodyshell (new aluminium alloys and production processes) and a host of other components. The interior has also been optimised through the use of high-tech materials such as magnesium for the seats. Third generation Brembo carbon-ceramic brakes are now lighter and longer-lasting, with virtually negligible wear during normal use on the road. All of these innovations have combined to produce an absolutely exceptional weight-power ratio of 2.7 kg/CV, a new benchmark for this kind of car.

Styled by Pininfarina, the Ferrari FF's lines effortlessly reflect its signature uncompromising balance of sportiness and versatility. It can comfortably accommodate four in its bodyhugging seats and spacious cabin. Its 450 litre boot can also be extended to 800 litres as the rear seats fold down independently. This means that the Ferrari FF offers more luggage space not only than any other car in its category, but also many four-door saloons, too.

Everything aboard the Ferrari FF is tailored specifically to the needs and tastes of its driver with a choice of six exclusive colours and the finest Frau aniline leathers specially treated to enhance their natural softness. The Ferrari FF's exceptional specification enhances in-car enjoyment for all four occupants. Features include a new rear-seat infotainment system with two screens for watching TV and DVD and a 1,280 Watt, 16-channel stereo system with Dolby Surround Sound.

The three FFs on the stand in Geneva are joined by a 458 Italia, the 599 GTB Fiorano with the sporting HGTE package, and a Ferrari California in an elegant Blu Tour De France finish. The Ferrari California is enjoying incredible sales success and is also the model subject to the widest range of personalisation requests in Ferrari's line-up. The V8- engined convertible is, in fact, very popular in the special two-tone and three-layer paint option finishes, with additional original interior combinations of materials, colours and trim solutions. The extraordinary success of the Ferrari California testifies to its enduring and sophisticated appeal.

Ferrari FF TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Engine
Type: 65° V12
Total displacement: 6262 cc
Bore/stroke: 94 mm x 75,2 mm
Maximum power: 660 CV @ 8000 rpm
Maximum torque: 683 Nm @ 6000 rpm
Specific power: 77 kW/litre - 105 CV/litre
Maximum revs: 8000 rpm
Compression ratio: 12,3:1
Dimensions and weight
Length: 4907 mm
Width: 1953 mm
Height: 1379 mm
Wheelbase: 2990 mm
Front track: 1676 mm
Rear track: 1660 mm
Dry weight: 1790 kg
Kerb weight: 1880 kg
Weight distribution: 47% front, 53% rear
Boot volume: 450 litres
Fuel tank capacity: 91 litres
Wheels and tyres
Front: 245/35 ZR 20 8,5 J x 20"
Rear: 295/35 ZR 20 10,5 J x 20"
Rear (winter tyres): 285/35 ZR20 10,5 J x 20"
Brakes
Front: 398 mm x 38 mm
Wheel: 360 mm x 32 mm
Transmission and gearbox
4RM (four-wheel drive) and 7-speed dual-clutch transmission
Electronic controls
4RM control (full integration of all controls: F1-Trac, E-Diff and PTU); ABS/EBD; ESC
Suspension
SCM3
Performance
Top speed: 335 km/h
0-100 km/h: 3,7 sec
0-200 km/h: 11 sec
100-0 km/h: 35 m
Weight/power ratio: 2,7 kg/CV
Consumption and emissions (ECE + EUDC combined cycle)
Consumption: 15,4 l/100 km
CO2 emissions: 360 gr/km

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